Lactic Peel – £95
Alpha Beta Peel – £95
Mandelic Peel – £130
Glow Peel – £120
The idea of a lunch-break peel isn’t new—it’s totally normal by US standards—but given that London has only just got up to speed with blow-dry bars and the like, lunch-break peel seems rather revolutionary.
So far, so non-scary. Peels are even safe for sensitive skin types. Below explains the difference between deep and superficial peels, which acids to look for and how frequently you should do them.
What is a chemical peel, exactly?
A chemical peel is a treatment that uses a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin. Depending on the depth of the peel and formulation of the solution used, chemical peels can also stimulate the production of new skin cells.
How do a superficial and deep peel differ?
Superficial peels only act on the surface or outer layer of the skin, leading to exfoliation, while deep peels penetrate further into the skin and have a more stimulating effect as well as exfoliating.
So, are they painful?
This depends on the depth of peel and the type of peel formulation used. The lightest most superficial peels are not painful at all and may cause little or no tingling. Peels that penetrate more deeply can cause a stinging or burning sensation.
Professional peel vs an at-home product?
A professional peel is carried out by a practitioner who should be trained in the administration of the treatment and have an understanding of the peel being used, which allows them to choose the right type of peel and peel formulation for your skin type. Their knowledge and experience should ensure a safe and effective treatment. At home products can be good for skin maintenance but may not be as potent as professional treatments, and may result in side effects if not used correctly.
Which acids should we look for?
Choosing an effective acid really depends on the individual’s main skin concerns and their skin type. Lactic acid is one of the best, because it tends not to irritate or dry out skin, and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, but there are other acids that are also effective, such as malic acid and mandelic acid.
How long should we wait before applying make-up after a peel?
For the best results, we would always recommend leaving your skin bare for around 12 hours after your treatment, or alternatively using mineral based make-up. However there are peels designed specifically to create a healthy, ultra-fresh glow before a big event. These type of peels lightly exfoliate to brighten your complexion and there is no redness or no downtime, so your make-up can just glide straight on afterwards. In fact, the treatment creates the perfect skin canvas to work with.
Is it safe to do a peel during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, skin can become more sensitive due to hormonal changes, so an enzyme based peel is a good alternative for skin resurfacing and maintenance.
How often should I do a chemical peel?
This depends on the individual’s skin concerns, skin type, peel formulation and time of year. Superficial peels can be used weekly to monthly for skin maintenance while deeper peels should be done less often, and ideally not during the summer or periods of prolonged sun exposure.
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